For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the leading vote-getters and then vote again for your favorite galleries, theaters and entertainments in metro Denver. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists that you, the readers, have selected for the Arts & Entertainment categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results. Just get out the vote!
See also: - Best of Denver Readers' Poll 2013: The Food & Drink finalists - Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Shopping & Services finalists - Vote in the 2013 Best of Denver Readers' Poll
The finalists listed below are by no means shoe-ins -- meaning that in the next (and final) round of voting, you can either vote for your favorite finalist or start over with a completely different entry. The final deadline for online voting is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at which point we'll close the poll and calculate the results one last time. You'll be able to read both the Westword and Readers' Poll winners when our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands on March 28.
In the meantime, let us know what you think of the first-round finalists in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote!
Best new book by a Colorado author: Tenth of December by George Saunders The Dog Stars by Peter Heller East of Denver by Gregory Hill Taft 2012 by Jason Heller Water: A Vic Bengston Investigation by Richard J. Schneider
Best new festival: Phibstock Festivus Chef N' Brew Summer Grind Snowball
Best annual festival: Cherry Creek Arts Festival Great American Beer Festival Taste of Colorado Tour de Fat Beer, Bacon and Coffee Festival
Best arts district: Santa Fe RiNo Cherry Creek Tennyson South Broadway
Best new public art: Colorado map at History Colorado David Choi murals DCPA Arvada Art of the State Mike Whiting Metal pixel rhino
Best unofficial new public art: Banksy on Santa Fe Graffiti on Matchbox The purple witch on Colfax Robots at Pablo's on Penn TiredPirate stickers
Best public art at DIA: "Mustang " Leo Tanguma murals "America: Why I love Her" Patty Ortiz airplane display Gargoyles
Best museum exhibit: Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum Denver A to Z at the History Colorado Center A Day in Pompeii at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Denver Diorama at the History Colorado Center
Best gallery show -- solo: TiredPirate at the Art Salon Kevin Hennessy Knew Conscious Sally Stockhold Scott Sheridan
Best gallery show -- group: Redline History Colorado Robischon Swapmeet: Artpace and the Dikeou Collection Unibrow at Unit E
Best theater season: Boulder's Dinner Theater Bunport Arvada Center Denver Center for Performing Curious Theater
Best free entertainment: Jazz in the Park First Friday on Santa Fe Cherry Creek Arts Festival 16th Street Mall Louisville Street Fair
Best reality-TV star from Colorado: Mondo Tierra Dog the Bounty Hunter Tyler Waird Jenna Johansen
Best film festival: Starz Denver Film Festival Boulder Film Festival Aspen Film Festival Telluride Film Festival Mile High Horror
Best theater production: The Book of Mormon Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Cult Following at The Jones Byers Evans House Museum Theater
Best roller-derby skater: Afterburner Gator Dunn The Terrible Suz Suri Brawl Shadow Cat
It's your turn to weigh in! Vote for one of these finalists -- or any other favorite -- in the second (and final) round of the Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll.
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